Why photographers love Kanga Camp
- Remote wilderness feel of Mana Pools National Park
- Variety of land- and river-based activities plus walking
- Awesome backdrop of the escarpment over the river
- Great opportunities to photograph elephants
How we rate Kanga Camp
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Kanga Camp at a glance
- 4 Meru safari tents with en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers and decks looking onto the waterhole
- 2 honeymoon or family tents with private dining and seating areas
- Main lodge area with lounge, dining facility, pool and deck overlooking the busy waterhole
- 220v charging in main area
Kanga is located in a remote part of Mana Pools National Park near the Kanga Pan and not far from Chitake Springs. “Mana”, which means “four” in the local language, describes the four main pools of the river—Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk—remnants of river channels that stopped flowing years ago. During the dry season, these and other pools in the park draw abundant wildlife. Mana Pools is well-known for its herds of elephant and buffalo, especially along the river, and offers good lion, leopard and wild dog sightings as well. Herbivores such as zebra, waterbuck, kudu and impala are also abundant, as are crocodiles and hippo. Bird enthusiasts can look out for a nice mix of waterfowl and species from riverine and woodland habitats. Some special birds include Livingstone’s Flycatcher, Red-necked Falcon, Lillian’s Lovebird, African Finfoot, Southern Carmine Bee-eater, Black-throated Wattle-eye and Eastern Nicator. Mana Pools is a scenic and remote park with a real sense of wilderness along the river floodplains and riverine woodland against the backdrop of the Rift Valley escarpment mountains across the border in Zambia. It’s also famous for its ana (or albida) trees, whose pods are particularly favoured by elephant.
Kanga is open from April to mid-December. The dry season, from May to October, is best for game viewing, and as the dry season goes along, the herds get bigger and bigger and are more concentrated around water. September and October can be very hot, but it’s the best time for wildlife sightings. The rains start in November, clearing the dust from the air and bringing migrant birds and lower rates.
What Kanga Camp costs
Contact Photos and Africa for more information. Access is by a five-hour drive from Harare or charter flight from Victoria Falls or Harare.
Photographers need to know
Kanga camp is about an hour’s drive from the waterfront. Game drives in the region aren’t especially productive, so make sure to book for some water-based activities to get onto the river. Game viewing around the camp consists of waiting for animals to come to the waterholes, but viewing is from raised decks, which are not the most ideal for photography. While we would love to see a recessed photographic hide at Kanga, it is possible to go under the main deck to photograph from ground level if the water is low. Kanga is part of African Bush Camps, who are committed to excellent guiding and authentic experiences at their camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The good news
Kanga contributes to the the African Bush Camps foundation to support community development through education, income generating projects, community events and conservation.